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Mellencamp to Play Soccer for Ind. Univ.

December 26, 2003

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ One of Indiana University’s key soccer recruits for 2004 has a name that’s already familiar in Bloomington: John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp is a nephew of the 52-year-old rocker, who lives in Bloomington. He’s made a verbal commitment to play at Indiana, where the soccer team holds indoor practice in the John Mellencamp Pavilion.

``I don’t know what it’ll be like to attend a school where they already have a building named after you,″ Joe Mellencamp, John’s father, told The Herald-Times for a story Friday.

The younger Mellencamp, an all-Ohio player, already is familiar with the Indiana soccer program. He was MVP at its soccer camp in 2001 and 2003.

``It was always a dream of mine to play at Indiana, so when I got the chance, I wanted to pursue it,″ Mellencamp said.

John isn’t the only Mellencamp to play soccer. His older brother, Ian, played two years of soccer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

``But Ian gave up soccer to play guitar, and has his own band, now. I wonder where that came from?″ Joe Mellencamp said.


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